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Course Description
This is the fourth course in the American Sign Language Program series. It buildsupon the topics, vocabulary and grammar introduced in previous lessons from ASL 1,2, and 3. This course also continues with complex ASL grammatical attributes,vocabulary, conversational competence, and narratives as previously introduced inASL 3. A continuation of Deaf Culture will be explored in this section.
Learning Outcomes
Learn and recognize vocabulary that pertains to both concrete and abstract functionsand reproduce them with correct sign production.Make use of signed vocabulary learned to create impromptu and scripted dialogueswith expected fluency.Arrange narrative videos.Attend Deaf events to learn more about Deaf culture.Participate in skit performances during Deaf History Month.Utilize the knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture to educate others.
Course Goals
Students will develop receptive skills visually and expressive skills manually at theintermediate conversational level.Students will interact with members of the Deaf community in order to gain anappreciation of the Deaf culture.Students will understand how American Sign Language functions within thisdistinct cultural minority in the American society.
Required Readings
Lentz E., Mikos K., & Smith C. (1992). Signing Naturally: Student Workbook/Videotext, Level Two: Unit 13 - 17. San Diego, CA: DawnSign Press.Brueggemann, D. (2009). Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places. New York, NY: New York University Press.
Attendance Expectations
Attendance is MANDATORY. Since most of the learning in this course takes placethrough the course exercises, attendance is a must. There is no way to reliably make-up for the lost experience. Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Chronictardiness will result in significant deduction to students’ final participation grade.Students will be permitted up to
absence. Any additional absences will resultin a reduction of 5 points per additional absence from their FINAL grade. For example, if a student finishes the semester with a cumulative grade of 94%, havingmissed 4 non-medical absence, their final grade will be 89%. Absences will be
Summer 2013
Meeting Time:
T, W, TH1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Alex Lynchalex.lynch@uvm.edu
Office Hours:
By appointment
ASL 052: American Sign Language IV
evaluated on a case-by-case basis.Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor on atimeline for completing incomplete work in event of absence, whether prolonged or not.
Course Policies/Expectations
Regardless of instructor’s presence, students who enter the classroom are expected tocommunicate in ASL ONLY. In order to encourage the full use of ASL and tointroduce cultural rules, students must refrain from using their voice and mouthingwords during class time. ASL is the only permitted form of language to be used.Students are expected to police themselves over this policy. Abuse of this policy willresult in deduction to
attendees’ final participation grade.Additionally, students are not permitted to wear gloves, sunglasses, headphones, andor covered hoods during class time as they does not only obscure languagedevelopment but are plainly offensive. Since visual reception is critical in learningASL, the use of cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited during lecture.Certain exceptions are made, subject to instructor’s approval. Abuse of this policywill result in deduction to students’ final participation grade.
Contributions in Class
Participation and contributions are essential to the class due to the experiential natureof this course. Therefore, students are expected to come prepared and to actively participate in class. To maximize interactions with various students for dialogue practices and other activities, each student is encouraged to randomly choose their seat assignment per class session. The instructor has the final discretion on all seatassignments.
Religious Observance
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have theright to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit inwriting to their instructors by the end of second full week of classes their documentedreligious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who misswork for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic HonestyPolicy Procedures” delineated in the following website:http://www.uvm/edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf 
Intellectual Property
Consistent with the University’s policy on intellectual property rights, it is the
RESOURCES:Sign Dictionaries
(not all signs arecorrect, clarify withinstructor)signingsavvy.comasldictionary.comcommtechlab.msuhandspeak.com
asl.ms(excellentresource forfingerspellingpractice)
ASL-related topic
American Sign Language Program’s policy that teaching and curricular materials(including but not limited to classroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes is prohibited without the express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needsof an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanentretention or electronic dissemination to others.
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain anaccommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in thecourse to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar withACCESS, visit their website athttp://www.uvm.edu/accessto learn more about the servicesthey provide. Contact info: ACCESS: A-170 Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax:802-656-0739, Email:access@uvm.edu, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General officehours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.
Electronic Submissions/Internet Use
Use BlackBoard for the following:View and post assignmentsInstructions to complete video projectsPreview grade sheets for video projectsView assignment gradesView additional Deaf events (when available)
Course grade will bedetermined as follows:
97 and aboveA+4.0093 96%A4.0090 92%A-3.6787 89%B+3.3383 86%B3.0080 82%B-2.6777 79%C+2.3373 76%C2.0070 72%C-1.6767 69%D+1.3363 66%D1.0060 62%D-0.67Below 60%F0.00
Participation10%Assignments10%Quiz #17.5%Quiz #27.5%Quiz #310%Video Projects (2)15%Cultural Experience Papers (2)20%Final Exam 20%

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